We meet Nina Braga, director of Instituto e in Rio de Janeiro. “Instituto-e is an institute that carries out research. What many companies don’t realize though is that this research has a whole range of very practical uses that can be applied to make their production process more cost effective and more sustainable”
So what does this mean in practice?
Nina: “First of all, there are the audits, in which experts collect a whole range of data throughout the production process to assess both the carbon and the water footprint. By analysing the data collected, they can establish the inputs and outputs at each stage of a product’s life cycle from raw material to finished product and give you an incredible insight into your production cycle.”
Most companies are surprised at the results that come out and are keen to get going on reducing their footprint as fast as possible. Here Instituto-e can also help: experts and advisors are at hand to suggest different innovative ways to reduce your carbon and water footprint and develop a more cost-effective and sustainable production cycle. Often there are also ways to adapt production in order to create new business and job opportunities and involve local communities.
Nina: “This means that you’re not only rationalizing your production process and cutting costs, but becoming more sustainable and socially responsible. The Instituto-e’s mission is to promote a sustainable human development, through the establishment and management of a network that strengthens synergies between different initiatives and actors in the society.”
Finally, once you have reduced your carbon footprint, Instituto-e can help you obtain a RINA certificate to show that your production processes meet the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions.
Having a RINA certificate shows that your company is on its way to becoming 100% sustainable in its production processes – which is not only great for the environment, but also for your company’s brand image.
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